An Altadena resident received a strange letter from Spectrum saying that, “as a one-time courtesy,” the company will cancel debt it claims he owes and stop reporting him to credit agencies — if he agrees to resume cable service.

Column by @Davidlaz:…
Steve Schklair wonders why he’s being muscled by cable giant Spectrum.

@Davidlaz asked if he owes Spectrum any money.
'No,” Schklair replied. “It’s been years since I was their customer, and they’ve never said anything about my not paying any bills.”…
“A well-established credit history will more likely allow you to qualify for lower mortgage rates, better chances for obtaining credit cards and approvals for home rentals,” the letter says, suggesting that Schklair could be in trouble unless he returns.…
“Maybe it’s just me, but that has a Sopranos-like ring of ‘You’ve made a nice life for yourself. Be a shame if something happened to it,’” writes @Davidlaz.

“I’ve never before seen a pitch that so blatantly threatens harm unless you come around.”…
“...when you become a customer,” the letter says, “we will both remove your debt and cease reporting it to any credit bureau.”

Like @Davidlaz, Schklair took that as a warning that the company will make things rough for him unless he plays ball.…
"It’s laudable for Spectrum to be willing to forgo outstanding debt and to help people maintain good credit,” writes @Davidlaz.

But “there have to be more palatable ways of dealing with it than threatening fiscal harm.”…

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